The Cold Regions Bibliography Project -- Views of the Final Products

Authors: Sharon Tahirkheli*, American Geosciences Institute
Topics: Polar Regions, Cryosphere
Keywords: publications, bibliography, polar regions
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The primary function of the Cold Regions Bibliography Project was the compilation of two major bibliographies of research publications covering the polar regions – the Antarctic Bibliography and the Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology. When the NSF and CRREL funding ceased in 2011, the two bibliographies contained references for more than 300,000 publications relating to the polar regions and were recognized as major sources for information on polar publications. In 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) was funded by NSF to migrate the Antarctic Bibliography and its sister bibliography into a modern search platform to prevent data that had been compiled over sixty years from being lost. AGI placed the data into an open source platform, VuFind, that allows for complex searches of the bibliographic information. Traditional publication data has been made accessible through an interface that allows the user to drill deeper into the data and pinpoint what is being sought using language, country of origin, date and other parameters. AGI initially implemented geographic search capabilities to allow searching with a map-based interface. The original version used latitude and longitude data contained within the most recent references. In 2018, AGI began to revise the geographic search to enhance the display of data points and to add more latitude and longitude sets to earlier references. When the current phase of development is complete, the bibliographies will remain searchable on its current platform.

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